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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] Add low level PLL config register interface module
Kumar Gala wrote:
> On Aug 25, 2008, at 5:41 AM, Kevin Diggs wrote:
>> This adds a small module to handle the low level details of dealing
>> with the
>> PLL config register (HID1) found in the IBM 750GX. It provides 2
>> possible
>> interfaces, both selectable via kernel config options. One is a sysfs
>> attribute
>> and the other is a normal function API. It is called pll_if.
>> The determination of the bus frequency is what worked on a PowerMac
>> 8600. Any
>> suggestions on a more general solution are welcome.
>> WARNING - I used some #ifdefs - Let the fur fly!
>> My name is Kevin Diggs and I approve this patch.
> This really should be split into two patches. One for the perl script
> and one for the actual kernel code.
First, thanks for taking the time for the review!

I can do that. But how? Do I respin everything as x/5? Do I only send out
the PERL script as 5/4? Do I redo patch 1 as 1a/4 and 1b/4 (or 1.1/4 and

> Scanning the actual kernel code you have a lot of #ifdef's that should
> be cleaned up:
> Can't #ifdef CONFIG_PPC_750GX_DUAL_PLL_IF_SYSFS just be #ifdef
I like flexibility. So I allow this module to be configured with either
one or both (or none - if you just want some dead code!) of the available
interfaces. As an example, CONFIG_..._PLL_IF_SYSFS adds the sysfs
attribute to directly control the PLL from user space via writes to the
attribute file under /sys. On my system, a PowerMac 8600, this shows up in
/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/ppc750gxpll. CONFIG_..._PLL_IF_CPU_FREQ adds
the public API functions that are used by the cpufreq driver.
CONFIG_..._PLL_IF_HRTIMER causes it to use the HR timer stuff. This
results in MUCH lower latencies (102 usec vs 3900 usec (HZ=250)). But I
did not want to REQUIRE HR timers (even though they are pretty cool!).
Did I mention that I like flexibility?

Seriously, should I add a check that at least one of ..._SYSFS or
..._CPU_FREQ is defined and refuse to compile otherwise? Via a pragma
or something?

> #ifdef CONFIG_PPC_OF seems unnecessary as all PPC always has this set.
I ... uh ... have no idea? Should I remove it?

> What's up with #define MULFIRST and the #if 0?
This was just some goofing off in a debug message. I was playing around
trying to see what effect various code arrangements had on accuracy.
Since this is in debug code I was kinda hoping for some leniancy.

The "#if 0" is removing code that ... prevented preemption between the
processor speed switch and the changing of the loops_per_jiffy value.
The idea was that I did not want to change any sleeps. I now think
that processor speed is not a determining factor in delays. I think
the time base register (or decrementer) are used. I don't even change
the loops_per_jiffy any more (Maybe that is incorrect?). I left this
code in there to potentially jog my memory if I find myself debugging
some problem in the future? Would a comment be helpful?

> - k
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At the tone the timebase will be 12499983. No trailing 0s. Very bad
for accuracy.

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